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The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 31 August 1990 (USA)
Down on his luck and working in a Mexican restaurant in Australia, an American tourist is hired by a icy heiress to pose as an obnoxious new boyfriend in an attempt to make her father accept her current boyfriend.

Director:

Michael Gottlieb (as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

Grant Morris, Ronald E. House (as Ron House) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Carlos
Emma Samms ... Alex
Vernon Wells ... Bruce
Bruce Spence ... Wayne
Carole Davis ... Dominique
Terence Cooper Terence Cooper ... Sir Ian Hobart
Jeanette Cronin ... Maggie Ridley
Gary McCormick Gary McCormick ... Gary Williams
Frank Whitten ... Blue
June Bishop ... Lady Irene Hobart
David Argue ... Kevin
Bruce Allpress ... Mr. Ridley
Val Lamond Val Lamond ... Mrs. Ridley
Claire Glenister Claire Glenister ... TV Anchorwoman
Jonathan Coleman Jonathan Coleman ... Postman
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Storyline

Carlos (Cheech Marin) failed in the show-biz and currently works as waiter in a Mexican restaurant. There he meets Alex (Emma Samms) and dumb footballer Bruce (Vernon Wells), who celebrate their engagement with her parents. Alex' father (Terence Cooper)is less than thrilled of her fiancée and says he'd rather accept anybody else. Eventually Alex hires Carlos to present him as her new fiancée. But her father sees through the game... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

She's an ice-cool heiress. He's hot-to-trot. It's Desire Down Under!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheech ohne Chong - Jetzt rauchts in Neuseeland See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$458,996
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Unity Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

A man in the restaurant says that he just came in to use the loo. "Loo" is British slang for "restroom/bathroom". Mike Johansen picked up on this when he saw the movie and uses it to this day even though he is not British or Australian. See more »

Goofs

When Alex screeches to a halt and parks outside the airport looking for Carlos, a car and a truck can be seen parked near behind. However, when she gets out of the car, both vehicles are gone. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: You can get a lot of suckers to do this shit. I come all the way down to impress Bruce in front of daddy. I didn't come here to be insulted by these bigoted assholes!
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Originally released at 86 minutes with a PG-13 rating. Video version features a minute of additional footage (including nudity) and is rated R. See more »

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Cielito Lindo
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Sweet Movie
23 September 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Why the Aussies made this movie is a mystery to me, but I'm glad they did.

Featuring American actors Cheech Marin and Emma Samms, this is a beautiful comedy that has style, fashion, and good acting.

Everyone's playing strait except Cheech Marin, but it's not quite certain who's the real fool. What was supposed to be a bright idea by Alex turns into a handful of trouble.

Emma Samms is stunningly beautiful in this movie. This has a surreal effect in a comedy situation. But maybe that's the charm of this movie.

Unusual in every way, but it's still a great romantic comedy shot beautifully in Australia. I enjoy it every time I see it.


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